El Paso County commissioners prepared to challenge red-flag gun control bill

El Paso County commissioners prepared to challenge red-flag gun control bill

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El Paso County — the state’s largest and home to more than 45,500 concealed-carry permits — plans to sue if a red-flag gun bill making its way through the Legislature becomes law, Sheriff Bill Elder said last week. The county commissioners will vote Tuesday on a resolution declaring the county a “Second Amendment preservation county.” At least four other Colorado counties — Weld, Montezuma, Fremont and Custer — have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in response to the proposal. Teller County commissioners approved a resolution Thursday affirming the county “fully supports the Second Amendment rights of all Teller County citizens and will endeavor to protect the inalienable and individual right to keep and bear arms in Teller County.” The red-flag bill, officially known as the Extreme Risk Protection Orders, would allow a judge to order the confiscation of firearms from someone found to be a danger to themselves or others. Unlike the other counties, though, Elder said his deputies will enforce court orders if the bill, which already has passed the state House, is approved by the Senate and signed by the governor. “I want the constitutional question answered, and I suspect that what would happen is under a constitutional challenge, it would get overturned,” Elder said. Under House Bill 1177, a family or household member or law enforcement officer could petition a court for a temporary “extreme risk protection order” if they can demonstrate that a person poses a significant risk to themselves or others by possessing a […]

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